Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
História do Brasil – Little boys and girls (detail), 1975 One Of A Series Of Six Photograph And Collage Works 37.5 X 37.5 Cm Each © Collection of the artist
Seven Twists, 1979 Photograph (Silver Print) From Series Of 6 Images 20 X 20 Cm (Each) © Collection of Zsolt Somlói and Katalin Spengler, Budapest.
RED (Shape of Mosquito Net), 1956 Installation © Courtesy LADS, Osaka and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo. artevida installation photo by Jacson Trierveiler, June, 25th, 2014 by the pool of Escola de Artes Visuais at Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro
Luto/Censurado, 1974 Stamped Ballot And Ballot Box 14.5 X 27 X 4.5 Cm © Collection of Lili and João Avelar. Photo: Daniel Mansur.

Casa França-Brasil, Biblioteca Parque Estadual
Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
June 27th, 2014 - September 21st, 2014

painting, surrealism, video-art, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual


A citywide contemporary art exhibition in Rio de Janeiro
Curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Rodrigo Moura

June 27–September 21, 2014

The exhibition artevida (artlife) examines the relationships between art and life in the late 1950s, 1960s 1970s, and early 1980s taking Brazilian, and particularly Rio de Janeiro, art practices from that period as a point of departure (Lygia Pape’s, Lygia Clark’s and Hélio Oiticica’s, among others) and takes places in  four venues in Rio de Janeiro.

artevida is divided into four  sections. artevida (corpo) (body), at Casa França-Brasil, comprises subsections around the self-portrait, the body in transformation, and the cut; the organic line and weave as alternatives to the grid and orthodox geometric abstraction; interactive, articulated, and participatory works. artevida (política) (politics), at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, gathers works made in resistance to authoritarian regimes, around topics such as feminisms and racism, democracy and elections, maps and flags, war and violence, strikes and revolutions. artevida (arquivo) (archive), at Biblioteca do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, features selections from two artists’ archives, Recife-based Paulo Bruscky (curated by Cristiana Tejo) as well as Rosario-based Graciela Carnevale. artevida (parque) (park), at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Cavalariças and the surrounding park, includes works by Martha Araújo, Tsuruko Yamazaki and the single new commission of the exhibition, by Georges Adéagbo.

artevida proposes to establish connections and read certain art practices from the period through different concepts, references and frameworks beyond the well-known Eurocentric ones. The exhibition draws links and correspondences between multiple artworks and documents, challenging canonical histories and focusing on artists from the Global South, as well as on female artists. It does not attempt to write a single, coherent, progressive history, but rather more plural, open and diverse narratives, neither tracing genealogies between artists, nor identifying antecessors and predecessors, let alone to be encyclopedic. As such, artevida is more fragmented than monolithic, provisional than definite.

A catalogue will be published following the exhibition and a conference will be held on September 5–6 at Biblioteca Parque Estadual do Rio de Janeiro.

artevida is commissioned by the Rio de Janeiro State Culture Secretariat and organized by curators Adriano Pedrosa and Rodrigo Moura. The exhibition has been made possible through support by sponsors Itaú and Petrobras.

artevida (corpo)
Opening June 27

Casa França-Brasil
Rua Visconde de Itaboraí 78
Centro – RJ 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10–20h, free admission

T +21 2332 5120

artevida (arquivo) 
Opening June 27 and July 19

Biblioteca Parque Estadual
Av. Presidente Vargas 1261
Centro – RJ
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10–20h, free admission

T +21 2332 7225

artevida (parque)
Opening June 27 and July 19

Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage 
Rua Jardim Botânico 414 
Jardim Botânico – RJ 
Hours: Palacete: Monday–Thursday 9–19h, Friday–Sunday 9–17h
Cavalariças: Monday–Sunday 10–17h,
free admission

T +21 32571800

artevida (política)
Opening July 19

Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85
Parque do Flamengo – RJ
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–18h, 
Saturday–Sunday and holidays 11–18h

T +21 2240 4944

ArtSlant has shutdown. The website is currently running in a view-only mode to allow archiving of the content.

The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.